XPN Music Film Festival Showcases Classic Music, Movies & More In Philly

Celebrate some of the best music-related films from the last four decades...

This weekend, stellar music and concert films from the last 40 years are in the spotlight at the XPN Music Film Festival at the Prince Theater.

Alongside live concerts, special events and more, the music film festival promises attendees a rocking good time.

Fast Facts

  • The XPN Music Film Festival runs at the Prince Theater from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2.
  • Catch classic music films like Stop Making Sense, High Fidelity and Almost Famous.
  • Attend special events like a vinyl marketplace and a celebration of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • All-access passes are available as well as film passes and individual tickets for each screening and event.

Festival Overview

Celebrated radio personality David Dye — host of the World Cafe radio show (heard by nearly 600,000 listeners each week) — and other WXPN staff will host the three-day XPN Music Film Festival celebrating the 25th anniversaries of the the Philadelphia Film Festival and the music radio program World Cafe. (Dye is retiring as host of the program after March 31.)

The fest is made up of six popular music films and three special events and is produced in partnership with the movie experts at the Philadelphia Film Society.

From movie screenings and a dance party to a vinyl marketplace and special concert performance, the XPN Music Film Festival has a little bit of fun for everyone.

Festival Highlights

At the centerpiece of this movie festival, the lineup includes top-notch music films from the 1970s onward. Attendees can look forward to quirky Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz  (which documents the emotional final performance of The Band) and romantic comedy and record store-tribute High Fidelity.

Director Cameron Crowe has two of his most well-known films screening at the festival. Singles is a story of the complicated love lives of Seattle twenty-somethings with a heavy grunge soundtrack and Almost Famous is the poignant coming-of-age story of a teenage music writer on the road with a rock band.

STOP MAKING SENSE (shown: Talking Heads' David Byrne)
(Talking Heads' David Byrne | Photo courtesy Philadelphia Film Society)
A variety of films, like Jonathan Demme’s captivating Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense, will be screened over the course of the three-day festival.

Beyond film screenings, the XPN Music Film Festival will feature a number of fun events.

XPN Music Film Festival’s Land of the Lost Dance Party will revisit classic ’80s club and dance music with a party hosted by DJ Robert Drake.

Some of the most well-known record stores in Philadelphia will bring their vinyl to this year’s fest for the first-ever Vinyl Marketplace. Whether you’re a serious record collector or just appreciate great album art, there will be hidden gems here for you.

And in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the festival will host a screening of the delightfully cheesy 1978 film featuring songs from the album re-recorded by the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and more as well as a special performance from The Beatles tribute band Britishmania.

ALMOST FAMOUS (shown: Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit)
(Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous | Photo courtesy Philadelphia Film Society)
Cameron Crowe’s fan favorite coming of age story Almost Famous will be screened Saturday night.

Tickets And More

All-access passes are available for $65 (or $50 for PFS & XPN members) to provide priority admission to all film screenings and special events.

Film passes — $40 (or $35 for PFS and XPN members) — provide priority admission to all film screenings. Admission to special events is not included.

Individual tickets — $10 general admission, $9 for students, seniors, members of the military and $8 for PFS & XPN members — are available for all films except Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Land of the Lost Dance Party tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

50 Years of Sgt. Pepper’s – Britishmania Live + Special Screening are $30 general admission (or $25 PFS & XPN members in advance) and $35 general admission (or $30 PFS & XPN members) at the door.

For more on the XPN Music Film Festival, click here.

XPN Music Film Festival

When:March 31-April 2
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:Individual tickets $5-$10; all-access passes and film passes $35-$65; 50 Years of Sgt. Pepper's tickets $25-$35



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